'Hooray for being an alcoholic! It might just be the best thing that ever happened to me'.
On 27th August 2019, Bryony Gordon celebrated two full years of sobriety. Here, in Glorious Rock Bottom she talks us through a toxic twenty-year relationship with alcohol and drugs and explains exactly why hitting rock bottom for the very last time - for her, a violent assault and the realisation that she was headed for a very early grave - saved her life. With her trademark candour, bravery and light touch, she talks us through the darkest moments of her addiction, the resulting stints in rehab, a life-changing introduction to AA and the realisation that there is a joy and pride in staying sober that her younger self could never have imagined.
Shining a light on the deep connection between substance abuse and mental health issues, Glorious Rock Bottom is in turn, shocking, brutal, dark, funny, hopeful and uplifting. It is a sobriety memoir like no other.
In the 18 years that she has worked for the Telegraph, Bryony Gordon has become one of the paper's best-loved writers. She is the author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers plus The Sunday Times Number One bestseller Mad Girl which was nominated for a British Book Award. Her weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph has won her an army of fans who have followed her journey from single girl about town to - finally! - settled mum. Bryony is now 37 and lives in Nappy Valley (Clapham) with her daughter Edie and her husband, a financial journalist. The last sentence is one she never thought she would see written down on paper.